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Christchurch City Council Media Release 26 March 2002

Lights Turned On For Student Safety

Tomorrow the traffic lights will be turned on at a new pedestrian crossing on Peer St, outside Villa Maria College, improving the road safety of pedestrians, especially children and the elderly.

The new crossing is similar to the system which successfully operates on North Parade outside Marian College. Features include traffic signals activated by pedestrians. The use of regular push buttons on poles are enhanced by sensor pads in the footpaths. The sensor pads require pedestrians to stand on them until the cross signal appears.

The new crossing is the City Councilís response to the concerns expressed by the school community and the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board, regarding pupils crossing Peer Street at the school. Peer Street is a heavily used section of Christchurchís ring road, and carries about 12,500 vehicles per day.

For more information: Contact, Lee Kelly, Schools Advocate, Christchurch City Council, ph: 941 8355


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